Choosing a Battalion

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  1. AROTC2019

    AROTC2019 Member

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    Hi,

    As of right now, I can get into a few different colleges, all with AROTC programs. The first, CSUF, is not as prestigious of a school as the other two (UC Irvine and UCLA), but the ROO and PMS seem to like me so far, which I'm hoping may help for a scholarship. I was also wondering if, because it is not as prestigious of a school, would it possibly be easier to get into summer training schools?

    I guess my real question is, is it worth going to a lower-ranked school because of the battalion and cadre?

    Thanks.
     
  2. AROTC2019

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    Also, does anyone know what the process of transferring between battalions would be like?
     
  3. Jcleppe

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    The number one piece of advice you'll hear from this board is this; Choose the school first, select on that you see yourself being successful, one where you believe you will have the best experience. If you are happy in school and thrive both academically and socially, ROTC will fall in line with that success. The only thing to really consider when looking at a Battalion is whether you want a larger or smaller Battalion. Remember the PMS you meet today may only be there for one more year, you won't have the same PMS or Cadre for your entire 4 years, thus things will be bound to change when the new PMS arrives. Choose the school you really want to attend.
     
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  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Totally agree with jcleppe. Focus on the college more than the battalion.
     
  5. glen

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    Choose the best school academically you are comfortable in. 4 years from now you won't know what criteria there are for selection to branches, but can be fairly sure that your academic credentials will be substantial portion of the review. And remember - General Colin Powel, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs - attended the City University of New York not Harvard.
     
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  6. AROTC2019

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    Thanks everyone.
     
  7. zachcleigh

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    Choose the one you will enjoy. Putting yourself through 4 years + of misery doesn't make any sense. If you enjoy one battalion/school and not the other pick the one where you won't hate life. Best of luck.
     
  8. ENwifeArmyMom

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    I agree! Pick the school that has the major you want and where you will be happy. ROTC will always be secondary to academics.
     
  9. Dckc88

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    Did you apply for an ROTC scholarship?
     

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